Violinist Vita Wallace is known as a powerful, sensitive, and versatile musician. She and her brother, Ishmael, have performed, recorded, and taught extensively as the Orfeo Duo. Their recordings, including the complete Beethoven and Schumann sonatas on period instruments, have been described as “singularly passionate” (Early Music) and “daring and fresh” (National Post). Vita and Ishmael have also commissioned and premiered numerous pieces as directors of What a Neighborhood!, celebrating the creative spirit in their Manhattan neighborhood. Currently, Vita is a member of the new-music group Praxis and the early-music ensembles Anima, ARTEK, the Dryden Ensemble, Gretchen’s Muse, the Lyra Consort, and Opera Feroce, and a frequent guest with many others.